Our Board

scott crop 2Scott Armstrong is the president, editor in chief and co-founder of Searchlight New Mexico.  An investigative journalist and executive director of the Information Trust, he was a staff writer for The Washington Post and co-author with Bob Woodward of The Brethren, a narrative account of the Supreme Court. As a senior investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee, his interview of Alexander Butterfield revealed the Nixon taping system. Armstrong’s reporting on the Iran/contra affair with Bill Moyers on PBS Frontline’s "Crimes and Misdemeanors" won on an Emmy and a DuPont Silver Baton. Armstrong founded the National Security Archive, a non-profit institute providing comprehensive government documentation to the public. A Yale graduate, he lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Barbara Guss, and has 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Contact: scott@searchlightnm.com


Sandra Blakeslee has been writing about science and medicine for the New York Times for over 45 years. Now semi-retired, she still contributes to Science Times as hard-to-resist stories come along. The author of nine books, she is currently finishing the tenth on the early development of the human microbiome and what parents need to know to raise healthy kids. She’s a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a journalism fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, a Templeton Fellowship awardee, and co-founder of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop. She lives in Santa Fe.


Denise Chávez of Las Cruces is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, actor and teacher who focuses her writing and advocacy on the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas and northern Mexico. Chávez co-founded the internationally renowned Border Book Festival with her husband, the photographer Daniel Zolinsky. She is the recipient of several awards, including the American Book Award and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize from the University of New Mexico.  She and her husband run the Casa Camino Real Book Store & Art Gallery, which serves as a community resource center in the Mesquite Historical District of Las Cruces where she was born and raised.


Les Daly has written for the Montreal Herald, the Los Angeles Herald Express the Atlantic, The New York Times, the Smithsonian magazine and El Palacio Magazine. In between, Les also had a career as a senior officer of the Northrop Corporation and an official in the U.S. Energy Department.




sally_croppedSally Denton is an investigative reporter, author, and historian whose work has shed critical light on subjects often overlooked or ignored – from a drug conspiracy in Kentucky to organized crime in Las Vegas; from corruption within the Church of Latter Day Saints to the hidden history of Manifest Destiny; from one of America’s bitterest political campaigns to the powerful forces against Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She has an extensive background in print and broadcast journalism as well as magazine and book writing. Her most recent book is, The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World, an investigative history of one of the world’s most powerful and secretive companies. She lives in Santa Fe.


June Lorenzo is an attorney for the Pueblo of Laguna advising the pueblo's governor and council on a wide spectrum of legal issues. Lorenzo began her legal career at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, and then moved on to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, analyzing legislation to determine the impact on Indian tribes. At the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, she litigated, investigated and monitored compliance with the Voting Rights Act. With the Indian Law Resource Center, Lorenzo focused on the international application of human rights law to indigenous peoples.


 FredNathanJPGFred Nathan founded Think New Mexico and is its Executive Director. Nathan served as Special Counsel to New Mexico Attorney General Tom Udall from 1991-1998. In that capacity, he was the architect of several successful legislative initiatives and was in charge of New Mexico’s $1.25 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry.


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Ray Rivera is deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise at the Seattle Times and co-founder of Searchlight New Mexico. He is the former Editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican and has worked as a staff writer at The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times and the Salt Lake Tribune. His investigative stories have included a nine-part series debunking the federal government’s investigation into Capt. James Yee, an Army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay falsely accused of espionage; the extensive use of death squads by Al Qaeda and Haqqani Network insurgents along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; and the illegal funneling of taxpayer money to bogus non profits associated with New York city and state lawmakers. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children.


Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 6.19.14 PMArturo Sandoval is founder and executive director of the 25-year-old Center of Southwest Culture, Inc.  The Center is a non-profit organization that helps develop healthy Indigenous and Latino communities through economic development initiatives and educational and cultural work. CSC works primarily in the Southwestern US and northern México and has raised more than $18 million for communities to use in building capacity and long-term sustainability.  Sandoval has been active for five decades in community-based economic development, cultural, environmental and civil rights efforts in New Mexico and across the US. He has helped start more than 100 civil rights, health, culture, education and economic development organizations.


Photo-DYDaniel Yohalem has been an attorney for over 42 years, the last 29 of which have been in New Mexico.  He received his B.A. in 1970 from Yale University and J.D. with honors in 1973 from Columbia University Law School.  He is currently in private practice, focusing on first amendment, civil rights, open government, employment, and class action cases for plaintiffs, particularly in the areas of equal pay for women, whistleblower, discrimination, and retaliation claims.  Among other honors, Daniel has been awarded the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award (2006) as Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, of which he is a past president and long-time board member; and the Cooperating Attorney of the Year (2002) by the ACLU of New Mexico. He is a founding Board member of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Law Center and New Mexico Ethics Watch and serves on the Board of the Santa Fe Community Homeless Shelter.